Advising media on a college campus is a unique niche. Your peers don’t tend to be down the hall or in the next building over, they’re scattered across the country. You ask their advice on the CMA list-serv, see them at conventions and celebrate their successes (or lament their trials) long distance.
And it works. But it can be hard, especially on advisers just dipping a toe into the field. Being a professional journalist doesn’t quite prepare you for the job. Neither does classroom or student-affairs experience.
Some veteran CMA members aim to help their newest peers at NYC13. They’ve prepared a new-adviser shortcourse: a series of five sessions that will arm you for whatever battles may lie ahead.
Here’s what they have planned:
Double Session: Advising 101: Introduction to Advising
New to the job of advising? Allow veterans to advise you on what it takes to survive those first years. Topics include the role of the adviser and its challenges, hands on/hands off including prior review and the basics of advising a newsroom. 9-10:50 a.m., Conference Room C
Advising 102: Managing Students and Money
Advising is more than just sharing your journalism skills. The hardest part is managing students and money. These veteran advisers will address leadership, recruiting and training of millenials. They will also discuss the business aspect of student media, including advertising and marketing. 2:30-1:20 p.m., Conference Room C
Advisers’ Guide to Law and Ethics
For new advisers: a crash course in ethics and law along with how to set policies for your staff. Veteran advisers will touch on topics such as social media, prior review, FERPA, libel and the FCC. 1:30-2:20 p.m., Conference Room C
Double Session: University 101: Relationships on Campus
You’re the one stuck between a rock and a hard place ... I mean the news staff and your administration. Veteran advisers will guide you through how to do budgets and obtain funding, how to set up a governance plan and, most importantly, how to manage your publication’s image on campus through navigating campus politics and building alliances. 9-11:20 a.m., Conference Room C
New Adviser Roundtable
Any questions you forgot to ask? What if your newspaper is a class? How do you work within student affairs? What if you don’t have a journalism program? Still in need for mentoring in your new job as advisers? Join these veteran advisers for an informal discussion about your new position and its quirks. 2:30-3:20 p.m., Conference Room C
In addition, we have ~20 other adviser sessions, including how tos on critiquing, research, recruiting, assessment and more. You can have more informal conversations undefined over food and drink undefined at an opening-night reception and two Meet in the Suite gatherings.
Download the entire schedule and register at NYC13.org.